Cairns vs Port Douglas which is better

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Cairns is the more renown city  of the two, especially with international travellers as afterall it is the city with the airport, so a lot of travellers fly into and out of the country.  Port Douglas though is only an hour away on one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the country.

We have been to Cairns a few times as I usually fly home with Jetstar from Osaka to Sydney via Cairns but have only stayed a day or two each time. I was there in March last year for a couple of days. We have only been to Port Douglas once in which we stayed five days.

Which city do we like best, where would we recommend you to holiday between the two if you only had to choose one. Continue reading to  see which we think is the best.   Continue reading

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The best beach in Australia, Whitehaven Beach

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Australian beaches are world class and  the best in my opinion  is Whitehaven Beach which regularly ranks in the best beaches in the world when the travel magazines release their top 10’s  each year but unless you’re staying on Hamilton island or are driving along the east coast it takes a bit of strategy to be able to visit, especially if you have to catch a flight from Cairns in three days time like I had to. Cairns is an all night bus ride on the Greyhound service. Continue reading

How to spend 24 hours in Sydney

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Sydney is a city which I could happily spend a week at a time and still have things to do. However not everyone can spend that amount of time in Sydney as many people use the city for a quick stopover on the way to another international destination or if they are also traveling to another destination in Australia. I recently did this when I was on my way to the Whitsundays. I had 24 hours in Sydney and I was just happy to stay around the city but then I thought if this was someone’s first time to Sydney and they only had a day then what would I recommend for them to do.

This is our guide to how to spend 24 hours in Sydney. Continue reading

Where to eat in Merimbula

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Feeling hungry while you are in Merimbula and don’t know where to eat then hopefully this guide can help you decide where to have a feed. Merimbula for its size has a plethora of restaurants and cafes and these are some of the places which we have eaten at over the years in which we have been coming here.  Enjoy and bon appetite.

 Best cafes for brunch

You are on holiday, there’s no need to wake up early and there’s no better thing to wake up and go out for hearty meal in the middle of the morning when you have all the free time you need to relax sip on a coffee while eating some great food, for me usually eggs.
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What to do in Merimbula

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Merimbula’s Main Beach

Every Winter when I was growing up my parents used to take us on holiday to Merimbula, a quiet but very beautiful town located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. I never really enjoyed it at the time because it was a coastal town and we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful beaches in the area. When my parents retired they moved to this town and over the years I have gained a better appreciation for this town,so without further ado here is our guide  of what to do in Merimbula. Continue reading

Guided around Sydney on Free Sydney walking tours

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I had always wondered what were the point of these walking tours, having first seen them when travelling through Europe.  I thought what cold they really show me or teach me what I couldn’t find out by myself by just wandering the streets through the city. So to be honest I had never ever planned to take one of these day tours especially in my home country even though I hadn’t spent much time in Sydney. Continue reading

kuranda is not for the Australian traveller

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Kuranda, sorry to say we just don’t get the appeal, everyone raves about this little village. How if you are in the Cairns/ Port Douglas area that you have to go, that it will be the highlight of your trip but unfortunately we just felt like a tourist trap. Maybe for a foreign traveller they may have a different appeal as most of the attractions cater to Australian wildlife and Australiana arts and craft. We did though enjoy the train ride up on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. I think the price for the family to do this day trip is one of the reasons I also think it’s a trap. Continue reading